A fine winters day with lots of sunshine from blue skies on Friday, but a strengthening wind meant the uniform covering of fresh from Thursday gradually gave way to more varied surface conditions.
Some areas were gaining a top up of windblown powder, but some areas are back to the hardpacked base with icy patches. At the top the main bed of the Ptarmigan Bowl and Ciste Bowl were catching fresh. The upper section of the Laogh Mor Return traversing the East Wall was blown clear of loose snow during the day, with the impenetrable ice layer from the freezing rain earlier in the holiday period once again making it's presence felt! Once over the ridge there are pockets of nice powder snow, but they need to be hunted out.
Unfortunately lift served action on the Ciste side is limited to the Laogh Mor Return and the M2/Daylodge runs. M2 was pretty good and the Daylodge was starting to catch some windblown, but the base is hard packed.
On the Cas side the White Lady was catching fresh and giving great sport for advanced riders with a full width machine groomed base.
Top to Daylodge riding via all routes and skiable to the Ciste Carpark via the Laogh Mor Return for experts. Excellent beginner areas in the Ptarmigan Bowl. Shuttle Bus due to be running.